THE TEST: “Try and find someone who doesn’t like this bike,” crooned the tester who gave the Tallboy LT the only perfect score any of the mountain bikes in our test received. Where some long-travel 29ers feel overbuilt, this 5.5-inch carbon big-wheeler feels smaller than it actually is. We railed it through rough terrain, and thanks to its proprietary rear-suspension system, it still managed to pedal crisply. With its mix of SLX and XT components, plus a RockShox Sektor RL fork, this is a ton of bike for the price.
THE VERDICT: The best-descending trail bike here. ($8,601 as shown); 28.7 lbs